Why Grandmothers?

In African communities

  • Grandmothers have great influence on their families ;
  • Their experience and wisdom are respected ; and
  • They are culturally responsible for socializing adolescent girls ;

We have discovered that grandmothers are a key to making lasting changes and improvements in their communities

Grandmother Project’s Change through Culture Approach

Grandmother Project works with both rural and urban communities to improve the lives of women and children, and especially girls, using an innovative Change through Culture approach.  This approach builds on community knowledge and experience and empowers communities to promote positive change for the benefit of all.

Our approach:

Grandmothers educate children about their history and culture and ensure they stay in school.

Empower Grandmothers

Grandmothers are natural leaders and change makers. Mobilized grandmother leaders are a force for change in communities across Senegal.

Grandmother Project works to make sure communities are educated about girls’ rights and well-being – and work to abandon harmful traditions that hurt girls’ futures.

The Grandmother Project in Numbers

8,452 primary students &

1,223 secondary students

have participated in GMP Education programs

1,636 grandmothers trained

and supported to make a difference in the lives of girls

77 villages and 2 urban areas

participated in GMP’s programs

Grandmas and Global Health – The role of culture in health promotion

Grandmothers are a source of wisdom, support, and influence in all societies around the world.  In much of the West, the emphasis is on youth. Many development programs in the non-western world forget that in those cultures elders, especially grandmothers, play a key role related to issues of family health and wellbeing.

Elders  transmit positive  values to younger generations

Intergenerational dialogue solidifies the role of grandmothers and ensures that positive traditions continue.  Grandmothers play a central role in the protection and education of children – especially girls

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